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7 Day South Island Kea

ITINERARY

Day 1: Queenstown - Milford Sound
  • Highlights: After meeting everybody in Queenstown today is all about the one and only Milford Sound, we follow the shores of the great southern lakes before heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park on the spectacular Milford Road. Everything you have heard is true, this is unreal countryside.

    On arrival into Milford head out onto the water on our cruise out onto the sound, dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to birdlife, seal colonies and pods of dolphins. A magical flight over the Southern Alps returns us to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. The very best of Milford!

    Stay: Scenic Suites
Day 2: Queenstown Activities and Day Tours
  • Highlights: Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer.

    What do we love in Queenstown? A jet boat ride on the remote and beautiful Dart River in The Lord of the Rings scenery, walking along the lakeshore and the Botanic Gardens or take a thrilling raft ride on the Kawarau River. Other favourites are wine tasting in the celebrated boutique vineyards of Central Otago, golf on one of New Zealand’s best courses, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.

    Stay: Scenic Suites
Day 3: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Wanaka
  • Highlights: Our day starts with a short hop to leafy Arrowtown, where gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. Then we head into tussock country for the climb up the Crown Range and our last views of the beautiful Wakatipu basin. We call into picture perfect Cardrona Hotel, its history dates back to the colonial era, then continue on to Wanaka.

    Our hotel this evening is right on the lake edge, you have plenty of time after lunch to discover this lovely lakeside town for yourself. Bike the waterfront trail, get out on the lake in a kayak or head next door to Rippon Vineyard for wine tasting with a view!

    Stay: Edgewater Resort
Day 4: Wanaka - Haast Pass - Franz Josef Glacier
  • Highlights: Today is a quintessential kiwi day, where else in the world can you visit the seaside, a rainforest and a glacier all in the same day? In New Zealand, no worries! We start off following the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before reaching the pristine mountain and river scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then it is up and over the Haast Pass through beech forests, past cascading waterfalls and clear blue pools before following the Haast River out to the sea. There is plenty of time for short walks and photo stops on the way, we are in no hurry.

    Head north through the lush, prehistoric Gondwanaland forest of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, stopping at Ship Creek to stroll the beach, keep your eye out for dolphins feeding in the shallows. Get your camera ready for Lake Mathesons famous reflections and our first glimpse of Fox Glacier descending from Aoraki/Mt Cook. Our home for the night is Franz Josef.

    Stay: Punga Grove
Day 5: Franz Josef Glacier - Hokitika - Punakaiki
  • Highlights: Your morning is free to discover Glacier Country and Westland, right in the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Walk to the Franz Josef Glacier Valley lookout take a guided wildlife cruise out on Okarito lagoon in search of the Kotuku, White Heron.

    We head north through countryside dotted with little lakes and boulder strewn rivers. Hokitika is the Pounamu (greenstone) capital of the country and you have the chance to visit the carvers as well as glass blowing, wood and copper artisans. We arrive at our home for two nights in Punakaiki, right on the beach in the perfect spot to enjoy your last few sunsets in New Zealand.

    Stay: Punakaiki Resort
Day 6: Punakaiki and Paparoa National Park
  • Highlights: The surrounding Paparoa National Park is very different to any other area on the trip, towering limestone cliffs and karst rock formations with beautiful river valleys draped in subtropical forest.

    You have plenty of time to discover the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. There are also some great optional activities here, our favourite is the Glowworm Caves at Charleston but there are also exceptional walking tracks including the Truman track to an isolated beach and the coastal walkway at Cape Foulwind.

    Stay: Punakaiki Resort
Day 7: Punakaiki - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch
  • Highlights: Wake up to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, cross New Zealands main divide, traverse the stunning Canterbury High Country and cross the plains into the Garden City of Christchurch.

    Highlights include the Otira Viaduct, a spectacular cantilevered road through towering mountains to Arthurs Pass National Park one of the best places in the country to see the hilarious antics of our alpine parrot, the Kea. Stretch your legs in the beech forests at Arthurs Pass National Park and again at the massive limestone rocks at Castle Hill before we reach Christchurch in the late afternoon. We say our goodbyes with drop offs at Christchurch Airport or your city accommodation.
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Queenstown Finish: Christchurch Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
24 Oct 2019 30 Oct 2019 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
07 Nov 2019 13 Nov 2019 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
14 Nov 2019 20 Nov 2019 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
28 Nov 2019 04 Dec 2019 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
05 Dec 2019 11 Dec 2019 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
26 Dec 2019 01 Jan 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
02 Jan 2020 08 Jan 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
16 Jan 2020 22 Jan 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
26 Jan 2020 01 Feb 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
02 Feb 2020 08 Feb 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
09 Feb 2020 15 Feb 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
16 Feb 2020 22 Feb 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
27 Feb 2020 04 Mar 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
01 Mar 2020 07 Mar 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
08 Mar 2020 14 Mar 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
12 Mar 2020 18 Mar 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
15 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
02 Apr 2020 08 Apr 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
16 Apr 2020 22 Apr 2020 $4290 $429 $3861 $5390 $429 $4961 Enquire
Prices valid from Prices valid from Prices valid from 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Apr 2020 and are priced per person in NZ$


Terms and conditions for Moa Trek Tours
Includes:
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your passionate and friendly MoaTrek Kiwi guide
  • Accommodation chosen for its quality and sense of place
  • 1 Scenic Flight over Milford Sound and Fiordland
  • 1 Scenic Cruise around Milford Sound
  • All breakfasts (B)
  • Enjoy a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise around the majestic Milford Sound
  • Take flight on one of the worlds most scenic flights over the Southern Alps, from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Walk in the great outdoors in Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthurs Pass National Parks
  • Explore the gold mining history of Arrowtown
  • View the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea
  • Stroll in the Haast Pass mountain beech forests
  • See the magical Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
  • Walk through native New Zealand rainforests and experience the powerful blow holes at the Punakaiki Pancake rocks
  • Drive the Otira Gorge highway to the settlement of Arthurs Pass, viewing kea birds and mountain terrain
Includes:
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your passionate and friendly MoaTrek Kiwi guide
  • Accommodation chosen for its quality and sense of place
  • 1 Scenic Flight over Milford Sound and Fiordland
  • 1 Scenic Cruise around Milford Sound
  • All breakfasts (B)
  • Enjoy a 2.5 hour nature and wildlife cruise around the majestic Milford Sound
  • Take flight on one of the worlds most scenic flights over the Southern Alps, from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Walk in the great outdoors in Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthurs Pass National Parks
  • Explore the gold mining history of Arrowtown
  • View the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea
  • Stroll in the Haast Pass mountain beech forests
  • See the magical Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
  • Walk through native New Zealand rainforests and experience the powerful blow holes at the Punakaiki Pancake rocks
  • Drive the Otira Gorge highway to the settlement of Arthurs Pass, viewing kea birds and mountain terrain